The Crying Light

The Crying Light

by Antony and the Johnsons
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The Crying Light 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
dyZ More than 1 year ago
Perfect for that cold dark rainy day when you're looking for some introspection. The album is somewhat haunting and may just touch your soul.
Ashmare More than 1 year ago
It was very hard deciding whether to give this album 3 stars or 4. As useless as star systems are for rating abstract concepts like "good", they're necessary for the casual passer-by. To put it mildly, the reasons for my admirations and reservations regarding "The Crying Light" cant be wrung from a mere checkmark, because it is a very peculiar album. Anyone familiar with Antony and his countless projects and collaborations will know what to expect, but those who merely listened to "I am a Bird Now" and wanted more of the same will be frustrated to say the least. Here, Hegarty's "Aaron Neville meets Scott Walker wail" is as emotional as ever, and is fairly heart-wrenching at times. This is nothing new. Antony has perfected his pained mode of communication via Edith Piaf vibrato, and those who couldn't stand his voice before will certainly get no reprieve here. Moving on, the frustrations with the album set in by way of the compositions themselves. Granted, there are some beautiful works here (especially the first few tracks), and there's an overall sense that this is a much more personal work, considering the myriad of collaborators on the last record are absent in the wake of what is now simply Antony doing very quiet meditations on nature. As I said, it is beautiful, but it is also equally maddening. Clocking in at under 40 minutes, the record is comparatively short in regards to past offerings. We also know that Hegarty supposedly composed at least 10 more songs that didn't make the cut. That in itself is a shame, considering a couple of the tracks here (Dust and Water, The Crying Light) don't seem to be up to par. Another problem are the actual songs that 'do' work. As the album is much too short, so too are the tracks themselves. As a result, many of the tracks seem to fizzle out right at the moment of their emotional peak. More than a few songs here seeme less than fully fleshed out and, occasionally, simply unfinished. Take tracks like "Aeon" or "Kiss My Name", and you'll find good songs that had the potential to be great, or tracks like "Epilepsy is Dancing" or "Everglade" which are great, but for much too short a time. Overall the record is a jewel, but one still feels starved after consuming it, like an exquisite meal with ridiculously small portions. It is for that reason, for unrealized potentiality, that I'm at a loss for how to rate it. Take that as you will.
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